A quiet road, roaring with history. I don’t know if ‘roaring’ works there but I added it. In front of it, the new tallest building in this cluster dominating the view, 22 Bishopsgate.

I wonder what modern skyscrapers will receive the same ‘listed’ status as older buildings. I assume older skyscrapers such as the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building in NYC will be ones that do, as their designs and significance have stood the test of time. More recent additions such as the Burj Khalifa are so much taller than the rest it has to be included surely… as it set a new benchmark in height, despite some plans already to build higher.

As more and more buildings become important in our history, when will we run out of space? Will we ever have to decide to take older ones down, or just let them crumble over time? Maybe we will already inhabit other planets by then, and the need for space on earth is greatly reduced.

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But whilst stuck on this planet, we are seeing a great change in the way we build around us. Gravity is not as big of an enemy with our increased knowledge on how to manipulate it, but one day even our shiny new skyscrapers will be something we look back on as ‘old fashioned’.

It excites me to see what the world will look like in the next 50 years… and I wish I could live long enough to see beyond that!!

What will a student on an excursion to Earth in the year 2500 think of the place? When will the last building be built on this planet before we decide to stop and invest our time elsewhere, like ghost towns of the Wild West?

This is how my mind is currently working during lockdown…

 

 


 

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24 thoughts

  1. As a lover of architecture and having lived in a city that preserves old and builds new. Not all new construction is as beautifully designed. The old school craftsmanship just isn’t there in the newer construction.

    1. I agree, I appreciate the older buildings and the small details you find in the design, what the new buildings lack in intricate design I guess they make up for in scale. However some boast neither! Old buildings and their beautiful designs need to be preserved as they truly are beautiful.

      Thanks for your thoughts!

      1. Thanks for the link, the Aqua Building was the one that stood out for me on the site! I have never seen it before so thank you for bringing it to my attention. If I head to Chicago I will have to see it with my own eyes for sure, and maybe do that boat tour too!

        Thanks again πŸ™‚

  2. I think you’re right. We have no where to go but up. I always assumed we’d just keep and treasure the old buildings, but I guess we may come to a point where we need the space??? I sincerely hope not. there is something magical about a beautiful structure which has stood the test of time.

    1. I hope not too, for the same reasons as you have stated here. Nicely said. Old buildings need to be remembered and help us remember our history!

      Thanks for commenting πŸ™‚

      1. There is no disappointment at all haha. If you ever get the chance, go check out the recap for the show. You’ll find that your ideas can somewhat relate to it

  3. Oh, so wonderful to see my mind on someone else’s post! 😍 I don’t want to die – because I want to see the end of our story!!!

  4. There’s really only a handful of buildings worth preserving. Plenty of mediocre architecture to tear down as it wears out and use that space to rebuild πŸ™‚ I am glad an effort is now being made to preserve what actually is historically significant, though.

    1. True. Some buildings I look at and think ‘how was this approved?!’ however I guess some that were disliked at the time have aged well…. despite the opposite being the case more often. But the ones that are truly significant need to stay πŸ™‚

      1. The Eiffel Tower was hated by pretty much everyone when it first was built, so sometimes people just need a bit of time πŸ™‚ In the case of most skyscrapers, though, I think the goal is utilitarian rather than architecturally interesting, which is why so many of them are meh.

      2. How strange to think it was disliked… hard to imagine today! But I see with cities running out of space why they would build up and look for height more than design. I wish we could have both more often though.

      3. Fun fact: you won’t see many contemporary paintings of the Eiffel Tower because the artists of the time (especially the Impressionists) hated it. I agree with you– it would be great if aesthetics mattered as much as practical considerations in architecture, but think of the mediocre buildings as future space for something really brilliant πŸ™‚

      4. I love a fun fact! And this didn’t disappoint. As well as providing our thoughts in the present moment it does seem wise to consider the future and what their opinions may be. Whether it’s architecture or anything really! It may make us think more about our own perceptions πŸ™‚

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